“Once again the light of ‘Feel Good Sunday’ is upon us and it is our distinct pleasure to share with you a personal letter that I received this week.
Here at SFTHH and Wild Horse Freedom Federation we are hell bent on saving the last few native wild horses and burros from the morally bankrupt federal agency, the Bureuo of Land Management (BLM). We are animatedly opposed to violently removing native, wild equines from their rightful land versus managing them on the range as even simple common sense would dictate. But in all the clamor and all the drum beating we often forget the few shining bright stars that emerge triumphant from the BLM’s flagrant abuse and failings…and those bright lights are the horses themselves.
Many fine folks have adopted BLM abused wild horses and found them to be a stout and sturdy steed. Perfect temperament, strong feet and outstanding endurance but today we share with you the opening chapter of a story that we will be following and sharing with you; an epic journey, a statement to the fortitude and stamina of our wild equines…I am both honored and humbled by the personal invitation to share this epic horse trek with all of you.
As most of you are aware, Terry and I have beat ourselves up with “extreme” horse treks across Outer Mongolia and Tibet over the past several years but what we did pales in comparison to what is presented here so please wet your collective appetites on the letter below and we are in and will maintain contact with the parties involved so that we can share with the advocacy the positive influence that our great American Wild Horses are sharing with world. Keep the faith.” ~ R.T.
To: R.T. Fitch – President, Wild Horse Freedom Foundation From: CuChullaine O’Reilly – Director, The Long Riders’ Guild Subject: Extraordinary Mustang Journey from Patagonia to Alaska Concludes CC: German Long Rider Guenter Wamser
Dear Mr. Fitch,
My name is CuChullaine O’Reilly and I am writing to you from the Long Riders’ Guild, the world’s international association of equestrian explorers and long distance travellers.
With Members in forty-five countries, every major equestrian explorer alive today belongs to The Guild, including Hadji Shamsuddin of Afghanistan, who recently rode a thousand miles through that war-zone, Jean-Louis Gouraud of France, who rode 3,000 miles from Paris to Moscow, Claudia Gottet of Switzerland, who rode 8,000 miles from Arabia to the Alps, Adnan Azzam of Syria, who rode 10,000 miles from Madrid to Mecca, and Vladimir Fissenko of Russia, who rode 19,000 miles from Patagonia to Alaska.
At two-thousand plus pages, and still growing, and having now been visited by more than three million people world-wide, The Long Riders’ Guild website is the repository of the largest collection of equestrian travel information in human history. www.thelongridersguild.com
I am writing to you today so as to alert you to the fact that an extraordinary journey has been accomplished with the help of BLM mustangs.
Guenter Wamser is a Founding Member of the Long Riders’ Guild, a talented author, and a fine photographer. He is also rightly considered Germany’s most important living equestrian explorer.
The latter fact is based upon the extraordinary journey he has undertaken from the bottom of Patagonia up to Alaska.
The first portion of the trip was done using two Criollo geldings. Having reached the Texas border, American authorities refused to allow the horses entry because they were found to be infected with piroplasmosis.
After finding his horses a good home in Mexico, the Guild helped Guenter locate BLM American mustangs to continue the trip. These horses had been trained in Colorado by prisoners in a special training programme.
Those mustangs have now carried the German Long Rider to the top of Alaska!
Because the Guild has assisted Long Riders to complete journeys on every continent except Antarctica, I seldom comment publicly on a particular mission. However I have stopped my work so as to contact you, as I believe the implications of this unique journey might be of tremendous help in terms of re-homing BLM mustangs.
By using Criollos from the Pampas, and Mustangs from the Plains, both parts of Guenter’s amazing journey have been done on native horses which originated at either end of the Americas. These great horses have turned out to be extraordinary examples of how good, strong, affordable native horses are so well suited for equestrian travel.
During his many years in the saddle, this German Long Rider has literally ridden thousands of miles. Yet his treatment of his horses has always been of paramount importance. He has never rushed them, abused them or over-ridden either the Criollos or the Mustangs. That is why even though his BLM mustangs have travelled thousands of miles across some of the world’s most challenging terrain, Guenter’s horses are all in superb condition.
Guenter is therefore a great example of how an ethical equestrian traveller can overcome all kinds of dangers and challenges, all the while remaining true to his horses and protecting their interests. And having assisted hundreds of equestrian explorers, I can say with conviction that if there is a modern “hero of the mustang,” which represents both North and South America, then Long Rider Guenter Wamser has earned that honour!
He is, in a word, a fine example of the equestrian ethics which the international Long Riders’ Guild strives to promote.
Guenter is currently in the back country of Alaska, which has left him temporarily out of touch with the internet.
However he is due to conclude his journey very soon.
When he does, I believe that the news of such a historic journey should be shared with the world, especially the supporters of the American mustang movement.
I have attached an example of the many beautiful photographs which Guenter has taken of his horses and the journey.
In closing, I hope that this brief note finds you well.
IN THE HANDS OF KILL BUYERS! When horses are purchased at auction by buyers intending to kill them, they're hauled away in double- decker tractor trailers where they are beaten and often blinded with baseball bats to mollify them. After crossing the border into Mexico, the animals are stabbed on each side-an act to tenderize their meat-and immobilized. Workers, then saw the horses legs off, at the knee and hang them to bleed out-all while the horses are ALIVE! (This is an excerpt, from an article written by Missy Diaz, crediting Victoria Mc Cullough and Sen. Joe Abruzzo for bringing awareness of horse slaughter, to Florida. In 2010 Florida Legislation unanimously passed the Horse Protection Bill, making it a felony to slaughter horses for personal or commercial use.)